La scomparsa di Lou Reed, venuto a mancare il 27 Ottobre 2013 a 71 anni nella sua casa di Long Island (New York), non poteva non lasciare un solco profondo in quanti hanno avuto il privilegio di incrociare lui e la sua musica, direttamente o indirettamente. Ed è così che alla notizia della morte dell’ex Velvet Underground è cominciato in rete il tam tam di messaggi di cordoglio da parte degli amici di una vita ma anche di quei colleghi più giovani che hanno inevitabilmente subito l’influenza dell’opera di un mostro sacro del rock come Reed.
Non sono mancati anche i tributi live da parte di coloro che avevano in programma un’esibizione la sera della notizia. E’ il caso dei Pearl Jam, che hanno omaggiato Reed durante la tappa a Baltimora del tour in cui sono impegnati, eseguendo la sua I’m Waiting For The Man, oppure di Neil Young, Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket, Jenny Lewis e altri che hanno proposto Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ durante il Bridge School Benefit Concert tenutosi allo Shoreline Ampitheatre di Mountain View, in California. O, ancora, Amanda Palmer con Walk On The Wild Side e gli Arctic Monkeys con lo stesso brano.
L’immagine qui a destra è l’ultima postata sulla propria pagina Facebook ufficiale da Lou Reed, mentre a seguire proponiamo una raccolta dei messaggi più significativi pubblicati da vari personaggi attraverso i propri social network, principalmente Twitter e Facebook:
John Cale (1)
The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet… I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy’
John Cale (2)
The news I feared the most, pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach. Two kids have a chance meeting and 47 years later we fight and love the same way – losing either one is incomprehensible. No replacement value, no digital or virtual fill… broken now, for all time. Unlike so many with similar stories – we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse. The laughs we shared just a few weeks ago, will forever remind me of all that was good between us.
He was a master
I loved Lou. I admired Lou very much. He was a very genuine person. He was always decent to me. His talent was so wonderful in my life and it gave me great pleasure and guidance. I am sure that his was a worthwhile life, and one he would have enjoyed had it continued longer. He and his wife Laurie were such a good couple.
Patti Smith (1)
Lou was a very special poet – a New York writer in the way that Walt Whitman was a New York poet. One thing I got from Lou, that never went away, was the process of performing live over a beat, improvising poetry, how he moved over three chords for 14 minutes. That was a revelation to me.
Patti Smith (2)
So many of us have benefited from the work he has done. We all owe him a debt. Most of us that owe a debt are not very happy to own up to it. Sometimes you like to imagine that you did everything on your own. But I think with Lou that everyone will stand in line to say thank you, in their own way.
R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side
His work and that of the Velvets was a big reason I moved to NY and I don’t think I’m alone there. We wanted to be in a city that nurtured and fed that kind of talent.
So sorry to hear of Lou Reed s passing this is a huge shock!
RIP Lou Reed. Irreplaceable
No words to express the sadness at the death of Lou Reed. He had been there all of my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be. I knew the Lou of recent years and he was always full of good heart. His music will outlive time itself. We are all timebound, but today, with the loss of liberating Lou, life is a pigsty.
R.I.P. LOU REED… A LEGEND
1 of the true originals in rock. A MASTER. New York personified. Lost a great poet & a great friend. RIP
Saddened by news of the passing of Lou Reed. Always so kind and sweet to me in the times we met. A true artist and visionary…
My intro to Lou Reed/Velvet Underground was Janes Addiction cover of ‘Rock n Roll’. He was a singular, unique talent. RIP Lou and thanks
Lou, rest in peace on the wild side
I love Lou Reed so much. Always
I still can’t believe Lou Reed passed away. I’m sorry for his family’s loss. greatful for his music and the influence he had on my music
R.I.P. Lou Reed & thank you & the Velvets. U were my inspiration in the ’70’s, 4 without you there would have been no punk rock!
R.I.P. Lou Reed
Lou Reed is the reason i do everything i do
Really saddened to hear about Lou Reed passing away. He was a great songwriter and a big influence on our music
RIP Lou Reed
R.I.P Lou Reed – VU was a big influence when weezer was being formed, and Ric Ocasek told us cool stories of his friendship with him
Lou reed, saint lou coney island baby..into that good night gone but your work is forever, saddest of sundays…
Dum Dum Girls
Lou Reed forever
Lou Reed, R.I.P. I did the Jools Holland show with him last year and we yucked it up. I didn’t know he was ill
Sad to hear about Lou Reed passing. Such a star. RIP Lou, and thanks for giving us Perfect Day for Trainspotting
Samuel L. Jackson
R.I.P. Lou Reed. Just met at the GQ Awards. The music of my generation. Still Relevant!